Why Complex PTSD Sufferers May Avoid Eye Contact

    Steuwe et al. (2014) was conducted to cast light upon why many with individuals suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including those suffering from complex-PTSD, often find it excruciatingly uncomfortable every time the rules of social etiquette compel them to make eye to eye contact with another human being (I, myself once attempted …

Self-Defeating Personality Disorder And Its Link To Childhood Trauma

Self-defeating personality disorder (also sometimes referred to as masochistic personality disorder), whilst not included in the current edition (fifth) of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), is still frequently referred to by mental health professionals to help explain various aspects of behaviour. To be considered as suffering from a self-defeating personality disorder, …

Emotional Detachment Disorder And Childhood Trauma

Extreme emotional detachment can operate as an unconscious defence mechanism to help us cope with traumatic experiences including, of course, childhood trauma (such as emotional, sexual and physical abuse). If it is necessary for us to employ this coping mechanism for extended periods of time, it can become a deeply ingrained and pervasive part of …

How Childhood Trauma Can Cause Hypervigilance And Treatments

A person who is hypervigilant feels constantly ‘on edge’, ‘keyed up’ and fearful. S/he experiences a perpetual sense of dread and of being under threat despite the fact, objectively speaking, there is no present danger. Indeed, the person affected in this way is so intensely alert to, and focused upon, any conceivable imminent danger that …

Factors That Make Complex PTSD More Severe

What Factors Make The Symptoms Of Complex PTSD Even More Serious? We have seen from several other articles that I have published on this site that the experience of a traumatic childhood is linked to the development of complex PTSD later on in life. Whilst all cases of complex PTSD are extremely serious, certain factors …

Sex Addiction As An Attachment Disorder And Result Of Childhood Trauma

Sex Addiction And Childhood Trauma : We have seen from other articles that I have published on this site that those who have suffered significant and protracted childhood trauma are at higher than average risk of developing an addiction to sex in adulthood (for example, see my post entitled: ‘Childhood Trauma And Its Link To …